Lighting, Hardware & Metal

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The lamp illuminating a bungalow bookcase is a cherished antique by Heintz. Phto: William Wright

The lamp illuminating a bungalow bookcase is a cherished antique by Heintz. Phto: William Wright

Could there be anything else that so perfectly combines Beauty and Utility as art lighting? Designed from the beginning for electricity, in a period that championed craftsmanship, Arts & Crafts lamps and fixtures represent an unprecedented marriage of technology and artisanry.

Pinecone pulls from Craftsmen Hardware in a revival kitchen.

Pinecone pulls from Craftsmen Hardware in a revival kitchen.

Here we see the skill of the woodworker, the metalsmith, the potter, and the glass artist, often together in one lamp. Iridescent glass and panels of amber mica give soft illumination (even with modern light bulbs). Lighting may be the most visible—and affordable—way to lend period ambiance to a room.

Sconces from Materials Unlimited have antique etched-glass shades.

Sconces from Materials Unlimited have antique etched-glass shades.

Even more so than during the original movement, Arts & Crafts hardware and metalwork in iron, brass, copper, and bronze is readily available, with design influences from Mackintosh to the Forest Craft Guild.

An iron grotesque head (study piece, 1981) by Samuel Yellin Metalworkers.

An iron grotesque head (study piece, 1981) by Samuel Yellin Metalworkers.